Friday, September 13, 2013
Family Camping 2011 at Nehalem Bay, Oregon
This post was from summer of 2011. It's been sitting in draft mode forever. I finally dotted the i's and crossed the t's, and here it is...
Just a couple of weekends ago, family and friends partook in the annual camping event. This year it was held in Nehalem Bay State Park, located in the northern part of the Oregon coast. During the camping event, we were blessed with great weather throughout the duration of camp -- starting with a few folks Thursday afternoon, most arriving throughout Friday, and everyone prepared to leave prior to noon Sunday. We have held this event at this same location two times before. Many of us have camped there also outside of the family camping event. So the familiarity with the location, as well as knowing the expectations, made it a smooth running event.
We had about 80 participants this year; not one of the higher turnout, but it was well enjoyed by everyone, nonetheless. As always, we had a great mix of family and friends attending, along with a few four-legged friends; an ever delightful feast of food for our meals and snacks; and enough variety of activities in the campground or nearby outside the camp to keep everyone busy. The campground had plenty of shady spots to guard against the mid-day sun; adequate facilities, including free unlimited hot water supply for showers unlike a few campgrounds we had been to previously where a roll of quarters was necessary to get adequate hot water for showering; most of all, the park rangers were a bit more lenient in their enforcement of the 10PM quiet time. We even had a t-shirt giveaway for all the camp participants -- red shirts for the camp co-directors, purple shirts for planning committee members, and gray shirts for everyone else.
A lot of credit goes to the planning committee for the success of the event. They took care of the reservations, coordination and planning, and the logistics. I offer my appreciation to Mek and his top assistant, Grace, for all their hard work and leadership of the planning committee.
The following are a few pictures. More photos may be viewed from my flickr page.